Working At Height – Get The Right Boots

Working At Height – Get The Right Boots

13th February 2014

Scaffolders and other workers who are required to use ladders or work at height in any way need to ensure that they wear appropriate work boots.  Choosing the correct safety boots can be crucial – not only do the boots need to be safe, but they need to be comfortable enough to work in all day.

There are several issues to take into account when choosing a pair of safety boots for work so we’re taking a look today at how to make sure that you get the right boots that will protect your feet without crippling you by the end of a day’s work.


STEEL TOE CAPS


The most effective safety feature in a pair of work boots is the steel toe cap.  This means that the boots are built with a reinforced toe box which will prevent compression from falling objects.  There are strict safety criteria for steel toed shoes and boots which demonstrate the protection level each pair will provide.  Steel toe safety boots are essential for anybody working in an industrial environment – not only will they prevent the toes from being crushed, they will prevent injury if you accidentally step on a sharp object.


CORRECT FIT


Many workers face problems with their feet and legs and this can be the result from wearing the wrong footwear.  Feet bear the brunt of heavy work and prolonged standing and poorly fitting footwear will rapidly cause foot health problems.  Here are some tips on making sure you get the correct fit:

•    Measure both feet because they may not be exactly the same size – when choosing shoes or boots the length, width and depth of the shoes need to be taken into account.
•    Always try on both shoes or boots and walk around in them for a while to make sure they feel comfortable.  If the boots are right for your feet, you shouldn’t need to ‘break them in’ – they should feel comfortable straight away.
•    Make sure that there is enough room at the front of the shoes/boots to allow your toes to wiggle.
•    Make sure there is aout 1cm space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
•    As you get older, your feet may get larger, so make sure you measure your feet every time you replace your shoes or boots.


THE RIGHT SOLES


The soles of your work boots should be strong and flexible with adequate shock absorption capability to cushion the jolts of walking on hard surfaces.  The sole material should be slip resistant – this means rubber, polyurethane or PVC.   For any industrial or heavy work environment, the soles should have adequate puncture protection and, if possible, provide electric shock resistance.

Finding the right safety boots to properly protect your feet doesn’t mean that you need to spend a fortune.  Many employers will provide their workforce with safety boots as they are considered an essential part of ensuring that workers are protected from injury at all times.